Florida High Speed Rail, Amendment 6 (2004)

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The Florida High Speed Rail Amendment, also known as Amendment 6 , was an initiated constitutional amendment on the November 2, 2004 election ballot in Florida, where it was approved.

The amendment repealed Article X, Section 19 of the Florida Constitution, thereby removing a constitutional requirement to build a high speed rail line.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 6 (2004)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 4,519,423 63.72%
No2,573,28036.28%

Results via: the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections

Text of measure

The ballot title read:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Repeal of High Speed Rail Amendment[1]

The ballot summary read:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

This amendment repeals an amendment in the Florida Constitution that requires the Legislature, the Cabinet and the Governor to proceed with the development and operation of a high speed ground transportation system by the state and/or by a private entity.[1]

The fiscal note was as follows:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

The probable financial impact of passage of this amendment is a state cost savings ranging from $20 billion to $25 billion over the next 30 years. This estimate assumes the repeal of associated laws, the use of state bonds to finance construction, and could be reduced by federal or private sector funding.[2]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Article X, Section 19, Florida Constitution, is hereby repealed in its entirety.[1]

Campaign Contributions

Support

$2,173,780 was spent on the campaign--all of it from the "yes" side through a group called the Derail the Bullet Train PAC.

The major donors to this group were:

  • The Villages, $700,000
  • Universal City Development Partners, $320,640
  • Moving Florida, $277,000
  • Anheuser-Busch, $250,000
  • St. Joe Co., $50,000
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car, $50,000
  • Lawrence DeGeorge, $50,000
  • CSX Transportation, $50,000.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • The initiative was sponsored by Derail the Bullet Train (DEBT).
  • The initiative petition required 488,722 signatures and 527,926 were found valid.[1]
  • The initiative was in reaction to an amendment in 2000 that required the state to build a high speed rail system.

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